This was a typical game for the Rockets in regards to ball movement at the end of games. There isnt any, and this isnt unusual. However the Rockets have been skating by on Harden's late game heroics of late and in the playoffs against a good team it wont work. Harden would rather take a bad shot then let anyone else take a shot. This is crazy. Even Jordan passed the ball.
Rockets fg% late in games is horrible because Harden takes every shot. He had a chance to win in regulation and to win or tie in OT, and both times he took heavily contested shots. And if these are the plays McHale is drawing up for final shots maybe he should let someone else draw up the play.
uojoe82, and others who feel the same way, please go back to the play by play breakdown (is right next to the box score on ESPN.com for each and every game). To more clearly make my point that Harden was doing anything but being a ball hog at the end of the game:
In Overtime, here is the offensive possession by possession for the Rockets:
Parsons misses 3 point shot. D12 rebounds and puts the ball in the bucket plus is fouled and makes his FT.
Lin makes layup and is fouled and makes the FT.
Parsons misses 5-foot shot.
Lin misses 3-point shot.
Lin makes 10-foot shot.
D12 is fouled making a move to the basket and makes both FT's.
Harden misses 2 point shot (1:10 left in OT, believe it or not Harden's first shot attempt in OT!)
Lin makes layup.
Harden misses layup. Lin rebounds, Parsons misses 3 point sht. Garcia rebounds and is fouled. Garcia makes 1/2 FT's. D12 rebounds Garcia's missed FT and is fouled and proceeds to make 1/2 FT's.
Harden misses 3 point shot. D12 erroneously called for foul (his 6th) which the NBA earlier today said was clearly a blown call.
Then it came down to the final play in the last 10 seconds. I heard some of Coach McHale's post game interview and that last play was clearly designed for Harden to drive to the basket. T Jones was in position to rebound (or possibly accept a pass from Harden if both players in the lane, assuming Harden drove hard to the basket at that moment, chose to concentrate on Harden). In the final 3-4 seconds after Harden inexplicably picked up his dribble and looked to pass, T Jones was covered in the lane and the passing lanes out to the 3-point line for either Parsons or Garcia was well covered leaving Harden's only option to shoot the off-balance 12 foot shot that was makeable. It just didn't drop.
Never mind the fact Harden, as the Rockets SG, once again led the team in assists with 6.